Clifton Ernest Whitley Jr.

BURLINGTON - Clifton Ernest Whitley Jr., age 88, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at the Hospice Home after a month of failing health.
A native of Alamance County, he was the son of the late Clifton Ernest Whitley Sr. and the late Annie Belle Braxton Whitley and was married for over 65 years to Mrs. Tulip Carden Whitley, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during World War II. Ernest was plant manager at Mebane Hosiery for over 40 years and was a member of Kinnett Memorial Baptist Church. Ernest's proudest personal accomplishments were earning his GED at age 72 from Alamance Community College and participating in the Triad Flight of Honor in October, 2011.
Mr. Whitley is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters, Denise W. King and her husband, Larry, of Burlington and Sherry W. Hodge and her husband, Danny, of Harrisburg, N.C.; three grandchildren, Brian King and his fiancée, Christine Allen, Kristen Bogunia and her husband, Thomas, and Kory Hodge; four great grandchildren, Charlie Bogunia, Banks Bogunia, Annie B. Bogunia and Tony Allen; and a sister, Hazel Self of Graham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Jeremy King; and two brothers, Troy Whitley and Bobby Whitley.
A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at Pine Hill Cemetery by the Rev. Don Pegg. The family will receive friends at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
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Published in from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2012